Collection UBCA-ARC-1553 - Bob Hindmarch Collection

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Bob Hindmarch Collection

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2 file folders of textual records and other material.

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The information on the following biographical sketch is taken from an article researched and written by UBC Athletics Historian Fred Hume, which is available with the Bob Hindmarch Collection.
Robert "Bob" Hindmarch (1930-2021) was born in Nanaimo. His presence at UBC spanned over fifty years. As a student, Hindmarch was one of the top scorers with UBC's senior basketball team. An all-around athlete, he also played baseball and football. After the 1952-53 season, he was awarded UBC's Bobby Gaul Award for UBC's outstanding athlete in performance, leadership and sportsmanship.
Hindmarch graduated from UBC with a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education in 1953. He completed his Master of Science degree at Oregon University and later his Ph.D. and was appointed full professor of Physical Education at UBC in 1974. In addition, Hindmarch was appointed General Manager and Assistant Coach of the Olympic Hockey team for the 1964 Innsbruck Olympics. After working with national hockey coach Fr. David Bauer, Hindmarch returned to coach the Thunderbirds for twelve seasons.
He later served as Director of Athletics at UBC from 1980-1992. He also served as vice-president of the Olympic Association for sixteen years. In addition, he was Chef de Mission for the Canadian team at the 1984 Winter Olympics. His accomplishments were acknowledged when he was inducted into the Canadian Olympics and the British Columbia Hall of Fame. In addition, he received both the Order of British Columbia and the Order of Canada.

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The collection consists of twenty-two UBC Football programs collected by Bob Hindmarch from 1951-1992. The file also contains an article by Athletics Historian Fred Hume on Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip's first football game and a short biography of Dr. Bob Hindmarch.
The second box was donated separately. The greatest extent of materials includes photographs. Also included is a folder of research materials, including newspaper clippings a VHS on Thunderbirds in China, 1974. As well as a DVD of the BC Hockey Hall of Fame, 2012 and a Hall of Fame Hockey Plaque presented to Hindmarch on that occasion.

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Athletics Historian Fred Hume donated the collection in September and October 2021. The programs were acquired directly from Bob Hindmarch. The second box of materials was donated via the Hindmarch family. This material was selected by Fred Hume and included with the collection.


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The VHS Thunderbirds in China by the National Film Board of Canada is also digitized and available online. This link was last accessed in October 2021.

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Other materials include ca. 40 photographs b&w and col., 20 x 25 cm and smaller, 1 VHS, 1 DVD-R and 1 Object (plaque).

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